The God Who Never Leaves

It was in a playground. Franco, my two-year old boy, skipped and hopped inside the play area completely oblivious to my voice.

“Franco! It’s time to go!” I called. He smiled at me and continued his playtime.

I pretended to leave. He kept playing.

I said “goodbye” and then hid behind the gate. He just kept playing.

I mimicked an echo to simulate what sounded like me leaving the play area. He kept playing still.

Then it dawned on me: Franco was just so confident that no matter what he does, his father will never leave him. He knew that I would stay. He knew that I loved him so much that I couldn’t bear to leave him behind.

How I wish we have the same confidence when it comes to God. That no matter what happens, our confidence should be that our Heavenly Father will never leave us…that He will stay no matter what.

Just like Franco, we can be very busy at times — him with his toys while us with our careers.

Just like Franco, we can be very stubborn too.

Just like Franco, we can also be deaf to God’s call.

Just like Franco, we can disobey continuously.

But unlike Franco, we often second-guess our Heavenly Father. We can lose our confidence in His mercy and in His love. In the midst of our unworthiness, we tend to wonder if God still cares and if He will still forgive us this time around. 

The Bible says:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

My friend, whatever you’ve done or undergone in the past or whatever you will still do or undergo in the future, remember this: Nothing can separate you from God’s love.

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After a few more minutes, Franco looked up and saw me standing idly by the playground gate. He gave me his biggest smile and ran to my arms. I embraced him tightly. Hugging my neck snugly as I carried him to our car, he whispered close to my ear: “Go home na.”

I wish we can all say the same thing to God one day as we finally breath our last.

Have a blessed week ahead!

In Christ’s service,

Bobby Q.

 

God Provides!

Admit it. When you hear the phrase “God provides!”, what immediately comes to mind is finances, right?

While it is true that God provides for all our practical needs, isn’t it the case also that God can choose to provide in other ways?

Courage. When you receive the ability to stand up against the immoral practices of your company at the risk of losing your job.

Hope. When your funds are depleting but your optimism is overflowing.

Companionship. When what you lack in money is more than made up for by your wealth of relationships.

Endurance. When giving up never crossed your mind.

Peace. When worry had no place in your mind and heart despite the uncertainties of the future.

Love. When the coldness of the world is overwhelmed by the warmth of your friendships.

When you limit that phrase “God provides” within the realm of what’s practical, you can miss out on what God is doing for you in the “spiritual”.

Surely, God can easily provide for your financial needs. But if He does that all the time, how then can you experience the other facets and graces of His provision?

In 2008, when my family went through financial troubles, it was then when I appreciated how God gave me the grace to smile in the midst of my worries, the courage to do what needs to be done, and the faith to trust in the bountiful future that awaits me even before any sign of this promise was evident. As I always say, I will never trade that year for any period in my Christian life because it was in that year when I realized a timeless truth: God will provide what you need.

If you need faith, God will give you an opportunity to trust.

If you need patience, God will give you an opportunity to wait.

If you need humility, God will give you an opportunity to submit.

As stated in scriptures:

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Don’t be fixated in the financial provision of God. His provision comes in various packages because he wants to meet, not just your financial, but “all” your needs.

Be sensitive, therefore, to His movement. You don’t want to miss out on the many ways through which God provides!

In Christ,

Bobby Q.